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From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the chic charm of the Sorrento Coast, embark on a spectacular Italian getaway. Enjoy multiple-night stays in Rome, the charming coastal town of Sorrento, Florence, Venice, and Stresa in the Lake District. Discover the treasures of Classical Rome, including the Colosseum. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Pompeii. Take a boat to the enchanting Isle of Capri or a trip to Positano along the Amalfi Coast. See the gems of the Renaissance in Florence’s Academy Gallery, including Michelangelo’s David. Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and stroll the streets of Verona. Stop at a Tuscan winery and farm for a lunch of regional specialties and wines. Tour Venice and walk the Castello district. Cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the scenic Borromean Islands. Delve deeper into its history and culture as you visit some of the world’s most beautiful locales.

August 7 – 19, 2023

Travel: 13 Days
Accommodations: 12 nights
Meals: 17 Meals
11 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
4 Dinners
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Highlights and Inclusions

Your Tour Includes

  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 17 Meals
  • 4 Choice on Tour Options

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Visit the Academy Museum in Florence to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
  • Stroll the streets of Verona – the backdrop for Romeo and Juliet.
  • Enjoy the magic of the Italian lakes in the captivating resort town of Stresa.

Cultural Experiences:

  • Get an in-depth tour of the famous Colosseum.
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.
  • Relish la dolce vita as you take in the view of the Bay of Naples from Sorrento’s cliffs.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Visit a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample the local wines.
  • Savor traditionally produced macaroni during lunch at a family-owned pasta factory.
  • Taste balsamic vinegar, olive oil and local wines at a family-run wine shop in Stresa.

Highlights

  • Rome
  • Colosseum
  • Ruins of Pompeii
  • Sorrento
  • Choices on Tour
  • Florence
  • Statue of David
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan Winery
  • Venice
  • Murano Island
  • Verona
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Stresa

Itinerary

Ciao, Italy!

Welcome to Rome. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines.

Dinner
Mediterraneo Hotel

Discover the city on a locally guided tour of Classical Rome, passing by the Baths of Caracalla as well as the remains of the ancient Circus Maximus. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. Meander through Rome’s Renaissance district for a peek at the mythic Pantheon and the oval-shaped Piazza Navona, adorned with Baroque fountains. This evening, consider strolling through the Borghese Gardens for views of the city’s skyline or meander through Rome’s medieval Campo de’ Fiori neighborhood where the cobblestoned streets are lined with antique shops, independent boutiques and local restaurants.

Breakfast
Mediterraneo Hotel

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Consider an optional trip to Vatican City to tour the Vatican Museums* and St. Peter’s Basilica. The evening is yours. Perhaps you will join an optional food tour and taste your way around Rome’s bohemian Trastevere district.

Breakfast
Mediterraneo Hotel

Journey to the brilliant Bay of Naples, where charming villages are built into hillsides above the blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history at the excavated ruins of Pompeii with a local guide. Pause in nearby Gragnano for a late lunch and visit to a family-owned pasta factory. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento, your home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork, a famous local Sorrento craft.

Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel Michelangelo

Today, it’s your choice! You have two tantalizing options today. Sail to the enchanting Isle of Capri.** Upon arrival, admire the island’s iconic scenery on a panoramic cruise, passing by the steep cliffs, endless small caves, and the famous Faraglioni rocks, jutting out of the water. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation, and outdoor cafés -OR- journey along the Amalfi Coast for a morning at leisure in the colorful village of Positano, a maze of streets and stairways winding around pastel houses and draped in lush flowers. Perhaps you’ll make your way to Positano’s famous pebble beach, Marina Grande, offering a sweeping ‘bottom to top’ view of the village.

Breakfast
Hotel Michelangelo

Head through Tuscany, with its landscape of vineyards and olive groves. Experience Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Home to Italy’s best art and architecture, here you’ll visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s renowned sculpture of David. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant.

Breakfast & Dinner
Grand Hotel Baglioni

Embark on a locally guided tour of Florence, highlighting the Piazza del Duomo and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery. Wander through the Piazza della Signoria and stand in awe before the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. The rest of the day is yours. Consider an optional excursion to the 14th-century Certosa monastery, featuring an after-hours tour and dinner in a popular Tuscan restaurant.

Breakfast
Grand Hotel Baglioni

Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice, where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges.

Breakfast & Lunch
Nh Venezia Santa Lucia

Embark on a boat trip*** to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. When you return, step off the beaten path and see for yourself how the locals live. Explore the Castello district with a local expert, walking canal by canal through the narrow streets all the way to St. Mark’s Square. Admire the stunning Basilica and the ornate façade of the Doge’s Palace. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional gondola cruise to experience Venice’s most famous pastime.

Breakfast
Nh Venezia Santa Lucia

Depart Venice for Verona, and stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lake Maggiore.

Breakfast & Dinner
Regina Palace Hotel

Today, it’s your choice! Take a boat across Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella, where you’ll join an expert guide and venture into the Borromeo Palace**** -OR- cross into Switzerland as your motor coach climbs up the Simplon Pass for a taste of the Swiss Alps, admiring the Simplon Hospice dominating the landscape. Tonight, travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori***** for a farewell dinner surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Breakfast & Dinner
Regina Palace Hotel

Your Italian adventure comes to a close today.

Breakfast